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Agridia Village Museum

Agridia Icon Chamber

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At the women ’s section of the Prophet Elias Church, the old wooden icon screen of the chapel is on display, together with post- Byzantine icons (with the icon-case of Saint Paraskevi ’s holy remnants) being of particular interest.

Visits by arrangement with the priest , Telephone:0035725522344

 

 

 


Agros Village Museums

Byzantine Chapel – Museum of the Monastery of Mega Agros

The destraction of the historic Monastery of Megas Agros , which according to tradition had been built by monks who had come from Kyziko of Asia Monor dyring the period of iconoclasm . Occurred in 1894 the present church of Panagia Eleousa of Agros was Built in its place.

Based on the descriptions of the monastery, a chapel Museum was rebuilt, in which the iconostasis , the Despotic Icons of the 12th century, old books and any other objects, that had been preserved from the destroyed Monastery, were placed in it. In the churchyard, the department of Antiquities discovered, not only architectural remains, but also a few samples from the Monastery ’s hagiographies, because its walls had been completely covered with them, us well as many hamose tiles were used to cover the wooden roofs of the Troodos churches.

Contact Deatails: 00357-25521333

 

Painter Frangoulides museum

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One of the most important museums of the island the “Museum Frangoulidi” and it is built near the church of Panagia  in the Village Agros. The museum was founded in 2004 to honor Solomos Frangoulidis who was one of the greater representatives of the first generation of Cypriot artists. He is also considered a pioneer painter and hagiographer. The love between the painter and the habitans of the village was mutual and it grew during the stay of Frangoulidis in Agros fromm 1932 to 1934. The painter writes in his biography :“ Concerning my painting the two  years I have spent in Agros, were the happiest  of my entire life. I Felt love by the people here….” The village returned this love by building the museum in his memory. His work has bot an artistic and religious value. He was the hagiographer who undertook the painting of all  the portable icons of the church of Panagia . frangoulidis_museum_2.pngThe idea  for the foundation of the museum belongs to Solon Papachristodoulou who was actually the god child of the painter as well as his only heir. He inherited all his fortune, reports, patterns, unfinished paintings, several materials and accessories for painting but also his rich record. Frangoulidis explains in his biography how he met Solon. He says that a young couple asked him to become the best man  at their wedding and the christen their child. And he did so. He also decided to name the baby after his own name, Solon. Solonas  in corporation with the “Association of Farmers and Friends of Agros, the members of the Executive Council and the help of the entire village organized the museum. The building was donated by the church. The money for the completion of this museum came two sources: loans and donations. The museum is without a doubt a treasure for the village and is something that every visitor should meet. Reference Community Council of Agros Brochure concerning the museum and the biography of Solonas Frangoulides. 

Contact Deatails: 00357-25521333

 


Arsos Village Museums

The Folk Art Museum in Arsos

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The Folk Art Museum was founded in 1997 by the Community Council of Association for the Development of Arsos. The museum is housed in a restored 18th century residence, which constitutes a Table B ’ Ancient Monument. The restoration works were conducted under the supervision of the department of Antiquities.

The aims that led to the creation of the Folk Art Museum were the preservation of the folkways of the community of Arsos, as well as the preservation of rich cultural Heritage of Krasochoria (Wine villages).The museum is actually a traditional house of the area displaying its entire household equipment.

At the front part of the house there is a high stony wall and the front door leads the visitor to the stony yard and the shed where several tools and materials related to vineyards and wine displayed.These include the boiler used for the production of the alcoholic drink of “zivania”  , the vineyard plough, corves and many other tools which are no longer used nowadays.

Moving on, the visitor enters the so called “Palace” which was the main multiple-usage hall for the family. The room was used as a kitchen, a dining room and a living room . Here, one can see traditional chairs , a fireplace, barbecue grill, a cooking stove, copper domestic utensils, a dresser, a cupboard and many more pieces of household equipment.

Next , there is the cellar where the traditional “Linos” is preserved with the large clay jars, the presser and the other traditional winery tools.

From the paved yard , stony staircase leads visitors to two upper floor rooms. In the big room visitors can admire the traditional bed, the wardrobe where the traditional ladders are kept , the old Venetian mirror, the sofa, the console, the baby bed, the loom and the carved chest.

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The Museum building is ideal for hosting various exhibitions such as painting and photography exhibitions and many other events.

Contact Details: 00357-25943222 / 00357-25942171

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arsos Icon Champer

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At the Apostle Filippos Icon Chamber portable icons of the 17th-20th centuries are on display. Ofparticular interest are icons of Christ and Virgin Mary , attributed Dimitrios (first half of the 17th century)as well as another icon of Ioannis Prodromos painted , by Solomon Thitis(in mid -17th century)

In the main church there is also a big icon of Saint Filippos, featuring scences from his life, dating to the mid-13th century.

Visits by arrangement with the priest - Please call 0035725943177

 

 

 

 


Kalopanayiotis Village Museums

The Byzantine Museum in Kalopanayiotis

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It is situated next to the Lambadistis monastery. Here one can find exhibited ecclesiastical artifax that survived though the centuries in the monastery and the other village churches. All the exhibits have been well maintained and preserved. The building served as the first primary school of the village. It was converted to a museum in October 2000.

Contact Details: Please use our website "Contact Us" page.

 

 

The house of Lavrentios in Kalopanayiotis village

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This was the martyrs ’Lavrentios family house  which has been recently restored and coverted into a conference and cultyral center . Lavrentios was the bishop of Kyrenia who was executed by the Ottoman Turks in 1821. He was born in Kalopanayiotis  and lived the first 16 years of his life in the village attending school at the nearby monastery of Lampadistis. The museum of Lavrentios is housed in one of the ground floor rooms whose original character has not been altered.

Contact Details: Please use our website "Contact Us" page.

 

 


Kambos Village Museums

kampos_museum_2.jpgExhibition – Museum of Forestry Tools, Logging and other equipment

The Museum is located within few kilometers away from Kykkos Monastery and is surrounded by pine forest that forms the habitat of the Cyprus protected animal, the Moufflon. Because of its uniqueness, rarity and grace, the Cyprus Mouflon is considered as a symbol for Cyprus and it is a strictly protected subspecies, classified in Annex IV of the Directive on the protection of the habitat of the European Union (92/43 – Habitats Directive) as a species in need of strict protection. 

The perpetual story of the forest and its unbreakable bond with the culture and the historical development of the area, are displayed in the halls of the Museum through a series of interactive media. The Museum also displays the importance of wood as an element of the economic and social life in the region and the whole production process that has historically played a major role in the live hoods of the local people. 

The Museum is separated into three major sections. On the ground floor, the visitor will witness an introduction to the forests around the globe, and in Cyprus. Another hall is devoted to the history of the Cyprus forestry from the Bronze Age until the British Era. In the basement, a redesign of an old wood processing workshop, with equipment of the previous century portrays the means and methods of wood processing 

Significant is also a corner that records the memories of local people who worked in the forest while a video displays their experiences from the old era, a time when the local people were working hard to earn a living from the rich forest. 

A separate section focuses on the environmental value of the forests while interactive media provides the visitor with the opportunity to learn about the different types of forest trees, plants and shrubs of the local ecosystem.

Kambos Community would like to welcome you in the website of the Museum of Forestry & Woodcrafts. The Museum is located within the rich forest that encompasses the communities of Kampos and Tsakkistra, in an area of natural beauty that overlooks on the one side the gulf of Morphou and on the other, Mount Olympus.

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The hall entrance displays the perpetually tale of Cyprus forests from antiquity to the British Era, when the great works for the development of wood were made within the forest. The Cyprus forests were the source of wood throughout the course of history of the island. The timber was used by the ancient inhabitants for the production of the precious copper, but also for housing, making tools, weapons and ships. All Cyprus’ conquerors, from the Egyptians to the Venetians and the Ottomans made ships from Cyprus timber. The exhibition hall emphasizes on the British Era, where the first measures for the rescue and the protection of the Cyprus forests were imposed.

The machines that are presented belonged to individual families who kindly granted them for display at the Forestry Museum. The equipment and machinery portray and preserve a particular period of the forest’s history, that of the British Era, and offer a valuable testimony for the Kambos community of its significance in the economic development of the area.

Contact Details: Please use our website "Contact Us" page.


Kykkos Monastery Museum

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The museum forms an integral part of the Holy Royal and Stavropegical Monastery of Kykkos which is situated in the mountains of Kykkos, an impressive mountainous densely forested area. It was founded at the end of the 11th century by byzantine emperor Alexios 1 Komnenos. The Holy icon of Virgin Mary that was painted by Apostle Luke is kept in the Monastery. The exhibits of the Museum consists of priceless ecclesiastical objects such as icons, woodcarvings, vestments, embroideries and manuscripts which are informative of the history of the Monastery and the Cyprus church generally.

Contact Details:

Tel:+357-22/942726, Fax:+357-22/942744

e-mail :, website:www.kykkos-museum.cy.net

Open Hours:

Summer 10-18th,

Winter 10-16th,

(closed on Saturday before Easter and Easter Sunday)


Kyperounta Village Museums

Ecclesiastical Museum of Kyperounda village

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Ecclesiastical Museum of Kyperounda  village. In the village of Timios Stavros in Kyperounda apart from the remarkaple frescoes duting exactly to 1521, a precious collection of icons is on display, among which stands out that of Saint Marina duting from the 13thcentury.

Contact Details: 258132016-99352547

Opening Hours: 9.00-15.00

 

 

 


Lemythou Village Museum

Icon Collection of Lemythou village

The Chapel of Agios Theodoros houses the icon collection of the village of Lemythou, where a special place is occupied by the icons of the Virgin Kykkotissa of the 13th century and Saint Nikolaos of the 14th century.

Visits by arrangement with the priest , Telephone:00357-25462651 


Lofou Village Museums

Sacristy of Lofou village

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In the place set apart for women in the church in Lofou that is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Mother of God, a sacristy has been created for the ecclesiastical heirlooms of the village , such  as icons , consecrated vessels and wood carvings. The icons , which date from the 19th century , are of the style of the Cormaro School. The church and the sacristy are decorated with frescoes of 1919 signed by Othon Giavopoulos.

Visit by arrangement with the priest, Tel:00357-35470771

 

 

 


Omodos Village Museums

Omodos centre for the preservation of Lace

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The Centre belongs to the Community Council and the church Committee of Omodos village. The collection of exhibits and the museum layout were arranged by the Cyprus Handicraft Service of the Ministry of Commerce , Industry and Tourism. Opened in 2004, the Omodos Centre for the Preservation of Lace was created to maintain, study and promote this local craft, once widely practiced in the village.

Omodos is picturesque wine producing village built on the Troodos hillsides. It is noted  for its narrow cobbled streets and beautiful houses with gardens and potted plants.

Contact Details:

Tel:+357-25/422453, Fax:+357-25/422089

e-mail:, website:www.omodos.org

 

Opening Hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday): 09:30 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 16:00

Opening Hours (Wednesday): 09:30 - 13:00

 

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The national liberation struggle of Cyprus against the British colonial administration, known as the EOKA struggle, started on the 1st of April 1955 and ended with the Zurich -- London agreements in February of 1959.The Struggle of EOKA is the culmination of long-standing struggles on behalf of the People of Cyprus in order to conquer their freedom.Omodos was always present in all of the struggles for the freedom of Cyprus. Its contribution dates back to the first quarter of the previous century.With Church Steward Dositheos, from the Holy Monastery of the Holy Cross in Omodos, as the head figure, the inhabitants actively participated in the Greek revolution. omodos_struggle_museum_2.pngOmodos's inhabitants also actively participated in the two World Wars, as well as in the national liberation struggle of EOKA 1955 -- 1959.The contribution of Omodos was great and the price that was paid was heavy. Arrests, imprisonment, the blowing up of a hide-out, and other catastrophes.After the end of the struggle, on the 28th of October 1960, a group of inhabitants had the concept for the creation of a National Struggle Museum in Omodos, so as to present to the younger ones the contribution of Omodos to the national struggles. A hall of the Monastery was used for the housing of the Museum.

 

Opening Hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday): 09:30 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 16:00

Opening Hours (Wednesday): 09:30 - 13:00

 

 

Ecclesiastical Museum, Omodos

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The Ecclesiastical Museum of Omodos is one of the most interesting Ecclesiastical Museums in Troodos Area. It is housed in two renovated halls with arches, which lie at the floor below the monastery complex.

The museum houses  a great number of remarkable items and valuable treasures of Orthodoxy, which were saved by the earlier generations who in turn passed them on their descendants.

All these artworks exhibited in a specially designed place in the halls and are  presented to the public. This exhibition  contributes  significantly to their protection and conservation.

Some of the remarkable items to be exhibited are the following:

• Byzantine icons of excellent craft

•Ancient gospels of 1769 and 1728

•Old Books , some belonging to monthly editions, from the 16th-19th century. Some old editions include hand –written reminders which are very old

•The golden embroidered , big Russian Sepulchral

•Big, wooden, graven gilded lamps and stands for the gospels

•Excellently crafted communion cups and other holly vessels like grippers used in the Holly Communion

•Ancient holly canonicals, belt  fasteners and clerical belts

•Silver reliquaries

 

Opening Hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday): 09:30 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 16:00

Opening Hours (Wednesday): 09:30 - 13:00

 


Palaichori Village Museum

The Museum of Byzantine Heritage, Palaichori

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Housed in renovated house traditional architecture, and specially arranged for museum use and located in the village center .The museum exhibits the most remarkable works of religious art and other historical documents,which were preserved over the centuries. Chronologically, the exhibits cover many centuries, the Franks (1192-1489)until the 20th century.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 - 13:00

Contact Details: 00357-99793362 - 00357-99974230

 

 


Pedoulas Village Museums

The Byzantine Museum Pedoulas

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The Pedoulas Byzantine Museum was established during the tenure of Morphou Bishop Neofytos in order to house icons of holy relics (13th -20th century)and is situated near the church of Archangel Michael.

The late Andreas Ellinas was the founder and generous sponsor of the byzantine museum. The Reverend Head Priest Charalambos Kourris also made an important constribution by collecting and safeguarding in the Holy Cross church the icons and other relics which are today exhibited in the byzantine Museum.

 

Opening Hours (daily and weekends): 09:00 - 16:00

 

 

The Folkloric Museum – Pedoulas

Situated in a central location of the village near the main Church of Holy Cross, the Folkloric Museums provides a  fascinating  insight into the social and economic development of the community.

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Pelendri Village Museum

 

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At the medieval church , where we find Italian- Byzantine frescos(end of 15th, early centuries), the wooden icon screen remains intact and features icons of the same era as the frescos.

On display are also icons and holy articles of the 13th-19th centuries.

Contact Details: Please use our website "Contact Us" page.

 

 


Vasa Koilaniou Village Museums

 

 Vasa Koilaniou Church museum

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At the Agios Ioannis Prodromos Chapel hosts the Vasa Koilaniou Icon Chamber exhibits.

Of particular interest are icons of the Saint Timon of the second half of 15th century.

 Visits by arrangement with the priest , Telephone:0035725244227 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Parks & Nature Reserves

Machairas National Forest Park

Machairas Park in the Pitsilia Region contains over 600 plant species, including 27 indigenous to Cyprus. The dominant forest trees are the Calabrian pine (Pinus brutia), the native Golden oak (Quercus alnifolia) and other shrubs. The fauna includes foxes, hares and hedgehogs, snakes, lizards and rare endemic species of butterflies. Birdlife in the Park includes the Bonelli’s Eagle, the Cyprus Warbler, the Cyprus Wheatear, the Coal Tit, the Scops Owl, the Jay and the common Chukar and Wood Pigeon. The island’s two most important rivers, the Pediaios and the Yialias, spring from the park.

Nature Reserves – Protected Flora and Fauna areas

2012-11-07-12.19.09In Troodos, five Nature Protection Areas have been declared. Nature Reserves totalling an area of 1,408 hectares. All have been included in the European network of protected areas “NATURA 2000”:

Chionistra, Cyprus’ highest peak, includes black pine forests, Phoenician juniper and Serpentinophilous grasslands. It also accommodates large numbers of the Cyprus crocuses included in the EU Habitat Directive.

The Presidential Summer House off the Troodos – Platres main road, is covered with stands of black pine, golden oak and riparian oriental plane trees. Two other types of flora are also found in the area, the Butterwort and Kennedy’s rock-cress (Arabis kennedyae), which have been included in the EU Habitat Directive.

Livadi tou Pashia off the Troodos – Karvounas main road contains turfs, wetlands developed in cavities flooded during winter which remain muddy and wet throughout the summer season.

Pikromiloudi off the Troodos – Karvounas main road, extending towards Solea Valley. It includes black pine forests and stands of golden oak. A rare plant found in the area the Butterwort (Pinguicula crystallina), is included in the EU Habitat Directive.

Madari in the Adelfi Forest (Pitsilia Region), contains important and unique forest ecosystems, such as the black pine forest, and stands of pure golden oak and juniper (Juniperus excelsa). Some 40 endemic species of flora and a large number of rare birds are found in the area, among them three endemic species.

2010-09-29-12.16.41Picnic sites

Troodos has many picnic sites, all managed by the Cyprus Forestry Department. They are located in areas that provide easy access, shade, water, suitable topography and attractive landscapes. Offered facilities include benches and tables, barbecue sites, potable water, sanitary facilities, children playgrounds and car parking. All facilities are provided free of charge.

Camping sites

Troodos has three camping sites where camping is allowed for a small fee per overnight stay. The sites offers basic facilities such as barbecue sites, potable water, benches, tables and washrooms.

Tip:

For a list of all Troodos picnic and camping sites consult the Cyprus Forestry Department website:

www.moa.gov.cy/moa/fd/fd.nsf

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